Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Irish Aviation Students Association (IASA) Annual Symposium

3rd Irish Aviation Students Association (IASA) Annual Symposium takes place on October 11th, between 09:00 – 17:00 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry.

The Irish Aviation Students Association (IASA) links students directly with the aviation industry and has made fantastic progress over the last two years. IASA would like to invite anyone considering a career in aviation, wanting to develop their skills, or stay up to date with current trends, to attend their annual symposium. All details of events and membership can be found on

The team have worked very hard to develop an organisation which will benefit students and industry equally, encouraging networking, internships and the desire to develop personal branding. IASA has provided platforms for second level-third level -postgraduate students and young professionals alike, to network and learn about the booming aviation industry.

In the last 12-months the association has hosted events targeting students and young professionals all over Ireland such as Career Slingshots, Junior Aviation networking events, by attending events such as Pilot Careers Live and the Aviation Summit, our annual Symposium, and by providing independent advice and encouragement to those who have dreams as high as the sky! So far IASA has directly reached more than 2000 students, and they aim to double that number by the end of this year.

The IASA team have ambitious plans for the next 12 months in terms of growing the association, starting with their 3rd annual symposium on October 11th. This year the symposium theme is Digital Transformation and it is expected to attract over 500 2nd and 3rd level students and academic members, as well as professionals from all areas of aviation including MRO’s, Airlines, Lessors, Air Corps, Training Organisations, and Airports.

“We chose this theme as we believe it is a hot topic among the executive boards of many aviation companies, and a topic of interest to the aviation students of Ireland. We think it is a great opportunity to learn about the various technologies that companies use to interface with their customers, enhance their inhouse capabilities, increase their efficiency, help in cutting costs, IT security etc. As we progress into a more technologically driven world we recognize that new skills have to be developed and aviation is an exciting industry that has a lot to offer in terms of employment and we want to learn what the ‘job of tomorrow’ will be in this industry. We look forward to seeing you at an IASA event soon! “said IASA Chairperson Bridget Corry

The Irish Aviation Students’ Association is a non-profit entity, established and run by a group of dedicated third level students from various universities and colleges around Ireland.

IASA’s main purpose is to connect aviation-passionate students with the Industry, and to discover and develop opportunities that will shape the future of aviation in Ireland and beyond. The aims of IASA are:

  • To raise awareness to the industry as to the number of students involved in aviation-related courses
  • To highlight the roles available to students who want to pursue a career in the aviation industry
  • To discuss the current issues and developments faced by the industry so to identify future trends
  • To discover how students can effectively contribute to the development of the aviation sector
  • To inspire the next generation of aviation professionals
  • To facilitate networking between; students, lecturers and professionals
  • To identify how the industry can create more opportunities for students
  • To encourage capital fundraising to support innovative projects and scholarships
  • To endorse the provision of internships

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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